Hundreds of resumes are flooding into many hiring and HR managers. So how do you get someones attention? Does your cover letter "kill" or get thrown in the "b" pile? Many of your comments indicate that some of you think that using a cover letter is a relic of the past. While others have discovered that a well crafted cover letter actually differentiated them from the herd of followers. To the none believers you can just keep filing out those online applications and HOPE for a response. But for those who are proactive and innovative a cover letter can lead to new opportunities. If you already found the perfect job you probably would not be reading this. So maybe its time to take a leap of faith "back to the future" with a well crafted cover letter.(Editor's Note)
Your cover letter is the first impression that you give employers. Sometimes without a GOOD cover letter, your resume does not get the attention it deserves. Let's face it; resumes get skipped over all the time. That's why you have to come up with a strategy on how to sell yourself to this potential employer. Set yourself apart by telling the employer how you will help them achieve their goals and what they reap if they hire you. If a cover letter does not attract the reader's attention in the first paragraph then your chances of being called for an interview are drastically reduced. An employer may have a hundred or more resumes to look through and he or she is probably limited in time to make their selection. Here are a few tips that can help you towards a high quality cover letter.(Click on link to "Read the Full Article")
If you are going to mail your cover letter then use high-quality white paper; it's thicker than typewriter or printer paper. Avoid elaborate or colored stationery. Print a clean final copy to send, not a photocopy. Make sure there are no smudges or grease marks on the paper. Keep your extra copies in a large envelope or manila folder. Comments: 42 and Looking said...
FYI to those who think mailing isn't worth it: I just mailed 217 covers/resumes to recruiting offices in the Midwest. I've received more calls, e-mails and one on one service in the last 10 days than I did in the whole first 5 months of my search. Think about it...you don't just drop into the electronic void, they have to contact you and request the electronic copy. Have to say mailing worked great for me.
Keep your cover letter(create one here) brief and to the point. Your letter should not go over one page. Use short paragraphs and bullet points whenever possible. Avoid excessive words when fewer words will get your point across equally. Construct your cover letter to have the same format style as your resume.
Highlight a most recent accomplishment or credential that you are proud of. This gives employers a hint of what you are capable of doing. Impress the employer with your skills and qualifications.
Click here to read part 2 of this article
Related Career Transition Tools:
- Instantly create the perfect Customized cover letters in your email!
- Save Time while Delivering a Unique Professional Cover letter with every resume.
Write better cover letters today- click here
Provided the Job Hunting Authority & Best Selling Author:Phil Baker